AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Establishes Cross-Ministry Framework for Advancing Accessibility
2020-01-28 10:14:28 AM

Following a legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2019 and input from stakeholders, the government has developed a new cross-ministry framework that will continue to contribute to a barrier-free Ontario. The Advancing Acces...

Paper Calls for a Review on Provincial-Municipal Responsibilities in Ontario
2020-01-27 10:36:54 AM

The IMFG, Urban Policy Lab, and Ontario 360 have released a paper, In It Together: Clarifying Provincial-Municipal Responsibilities in Ontario, on the relationship between the provincial and local levels of government. The paper argues that it is now the time to reassess and ...

Highlights from ROMA’s 2020 Annual Conference
2020-01-22 11:02:38 AM

Below is a brief summary of announcements made by the Ontario Government at the recent Rural Ontario Municipalities of Ontario (ROMA) annual conference held from January 19th to 21st. Premier Doug Ford Announced a new intake for the Rural Economic Development Pro...

Government Announces $200 Million for Small, Rural, and Northern Communities
2020-01-17 2:40:43 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott today announced a $200 million investment into the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to 424 small, rural, and northern municipalities. The funding is for core road, bridge, water, wastewater and ...

2020 Pre-Budget Submission – AMCTO Calls for Internship Funding
2020-01-16 4:22:28 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its 2020 Pre-Budget Submission. Our submission contains recommendations that will guide the provincial government in policy areas and strengthen Ontario’s local governments in an environment of change and uncertainty. We recommend the government...

Government Announces Consultations on OPP Detachment Boards Compositions
2020-01-16 3:14:03 PM

Ontario’s Solicitor General, Sylvia Jones, has written to all Heads of Council to announce consultations on regulations that will support the establishment of new OPP detachment boards. This regulations are as a result of the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 that is ...

New Regulations on Excess Soils Finalized
2020-01-14 9:52:46 AM

The Ontario government has finalized new regulations on excess soils under the Environmental Protection Act. The government says these changes, which will be phased in, will reduce soil management costs and promote brownfields redevelopment while also protecting “human health...

Maytree Releases Report on Ontario’s Social Assistance Reforms
2020-01-13 12:14:50 PM

The Maytree Foundation has released a report that contains recommendations for the Ontario government to consider as it integrates employment and training services provided to social assistance recipients into Employment Ontario (EO). The report expresses concern on how th...

Ontario Investing in Sport Events to Boost Local Economies
2020-01-09 3:02:51 PM

Ontario is investing more than $1.4 million in organizations and communities that will host 11 sport events across the province in an effort to increase economic activity and boost tourism. Some of the sport events that are being invested in are the 2020 Pan American Wrestl...

Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector Releases Annual Report
2020-01-02 10:50:55 AM

Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector, Melissa Thomson, has released her annual report, which looks at the province’s water protection activities and results from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Highlights of the report include: 522,231 out of the 522,921 drin...

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